River restoration activities will greatly improve access to and from the Flint River, fish and aquatic habitat, hydrology, connectivity, material recruitment and movement, geomorphology and water quality of the Flint River. Plans for in-river restoration are still in process and will begin in 2021-2022.
Work in Riverbank Park will coincide with in-river restoration. Genesee County Parks will work the City of Flint, the Flint Watershed Council and Wade Trim to hold a series of community engagement sessions in mid-2021. Click here to see more information on these sessions and to take an online survey on the future of Riverbank Park.
Phases I and II have been completed, covering 24 acres from Chevrolet Avenue and Glenwood towards Stevenson Street. Phase III will cover approximately 9 acres from the corner of Stevenson Street and Kearsley towards the Swartz Creek and will be complete in 2017. The work on Phase IV will take place from 2018-2019 and cover the rest of the site.
Construction on Phases I-IV have been completed and Phase V is currently under construction, to be completed mid-2021. Upon completion a total of 60 acres will be capped and landscaped including the planting of approximately 1,300 trees. Click here to learn more.
The Hamilton Dam And Fabri Dam
The superstructure of the Hamilton Dam and the Fabri Dam have been removed thanks to a $3,000,000 grant from the MDNR’s Dam Management grant. The concrete weir at the site of the Hamilton Dam will remain in place until the next phase of in-river restoration is complete. There are buoys placed directly upstream of the weir to warn paddlers that it is not safe to passage over the weir. Please plan to portage around the weir if you are planning a paddling trip.